Robin van Persie has stated he will not change amid criticism of his captaincy of the Netherlands national team.

  • By Michael Bell
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oravanpennNetherlands have made a disappointing start to Euro 2016 qualifying, losing two of their opening three matches, and coach Guus Hiddink and Van Persie have been heavily criticized.

Some fans of the national team have asked for Van Persie to not only have his captain’s armband stripped from him, but also the striker to be dropped in favour of Klaas jan Huntelaar.

However Van Persie, who was appointed captain of the national team in 2013 by Louis van Gaal, has taken a swipe at those who doubt his rple in the team.

Van Persie said during a press conference, “I have the feeling I’m in the middle of the group. The critics don’t hurt me, because I get appreciated by people who can really judge,” he said.

“I receive the appreciation and feel it every day. The Netherlands is a country with a lot of opinions. Those get harder and harder, increasingly ruthless. That’s a trend. I have to deal with it.

“Everyone can have his opinion. That’s the world we live in. I was chosen by Louis van Gaal on the basis of who I am and what I did and am doing. I don’t see why I should change.”

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